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Businesses on the brim

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many local small businesses hard, one of those hard hit businesses being The Bike Haven in McHenry Illinois.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 16, 2020

As the government continues to close businesses for the safety of citizens, many stores and restaurants are finding themselves in a difficult situation; stay open and risk getting citizens and workers...

Opinion: Keep the economy closed

Essential workers are already putting their lives at risk to keep people healthy. Though businesses are excited to reopen their doors, doing so would put public back at risk unnecessarily.
Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

A teenager works in a fast food restaurant, considered an “essential worker.” A woman comes to the drive thru, angrily ranting to her husband about how “stupid and unnecessary” it is that the restaurant...

Young professionals

Senior Kaili Wegner sells her handmade earrings locally and donates 50% of the proceeds to local organizations. She is one of a handful of seniors who has started a small business during the shelter-in-place order.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

For seniors, graduation marks the end of high school, an unforgettable period of their lives full of challenges and triumphs. But it also marks the beginning of their professional lives and careers. However,...

Opinion: It’s time to open up

While many businesses in the state of Illinois remain closed due to Governor Pritzker's shelter-in-place order, others have found a way to remain open by offering delivery or curbside pickup. But how long can the economy wait to re-open?
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor May 8, 2020

There is no denying the huge impact that COVID-19 has made on the world especially in the United States, and even more narrowly on New York. Hundreds of thousands of people have been diagnosed, and millions...

Trump announces plan to re-open the U.S. economy

resident Donald J. Trump takes questions from the press during a coronavirus update briefing Sunday, April 19, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.
Kyla Henige, News Editor April 27, 2020

Though COVID-19 has put everything on hold in the United States, President Donald Trump called for states to start opening at their own pace. In a press conference on April 16, Trump officially gave...

Local bakeries weather the pandemic

Though COVID-19 forced many local businesses to shut down, some restaurants like Riverside Bakery have remained open for curbside pickup. Coronavirus has impacted what was a booming economy in unprecedented ways.
Apryl Hanneman, Contributing Writer April 20, 2020

Since March 20 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order, many local bakeries have struggled to stay afloat, including Kiera Confections, Riverside Bakeshop, and Sweet Peas Emporium.    Even...

Essential

Though most people are practicing social distancing by working at home, others considered
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor April 15, 2020

An MCHS student lets out a shaky breath as she pulls her ponytail through the opening in the back of her uniform hat. As she pulls a blue latex glove over her freshly-washed, frail fingers, she closes...

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Though the decision to practice social distancing is the right decision, the consequences for high school students — especially seniors, who may miss prom, spring athletics, Decision Day, or even graduation — is more than unfortunate.
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor March 19, 2020

Imagine spending your whole life dreaming about your senior year of high school -- seniority rules in clubs and sports, the feeling of your last track meet and going as hard as you can to make it all count,...

Opinion: Christmas for business?

Christmas is a time for holiday joy and giving. Though with changing times and attitudes, have corporations taken over the spirit of Christmas?
Jared Bysiek, Features Editor December 20, 2019

The Christmas season is a time for friends, family, and appreciation. It’s also a time for the stress of feeling pressured to buy presents for loved ones. As the holiday approaches, many people may feel...

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